National Capital Region Aviaries

NCR Aviaries

Coloured Canaries
Red Factor

Singing Canaries
American Singers


Type Canaries

Green Singing Finches

Gray Singing Finches
Society Finches
Blue Headed Finches Red Headed Finches Gold Finches
Zebra Finches

Origins of Canaries
Caring for Canaries
Comparison of Songs

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Caring for Canaries

Pet Canary Cages

  • Get the largest cage possible, that allows for room for flight (a pet canary should never have his or her wings clipped and should be able to fly in the cage for exercise).
  • "Flight" type cages are the best (home built or commercial) since they are designed to provide room to move. Remember that a long cage is better than a tall narrow one (the height is not all that important). Try to get a cage at least 60 cm (24 inches) long.
  • Watch the spacing between bars - no more than 2 cm (1/2 inch).
  • Wire cages are best, wood or bamboo cages are too difficult to keep clean.
  • Perches: wood perches of varied diameter work best. Do not use sandpaper perch covers.
  • Temperature: canaries are pretty hardy and can be kept at room temperature. Keep the cage away from draughts, air conditioners and windows that receive direct sunlight (the cage and canary can get overheated).
  • Light: canaries need their rest and will do best if given a light/dark cycle that approximates natural changes. Keeping them up late with artificial light is not healthy for them.
  • Toys: provide toys, but place them in the cage in such a way as they do not obstruct flight space. Your canary might enjoy swings, mirrors, bells, string, and hanging wooden or acrylic toys.
  • Fresh water should be available at all times.
  • A shallow dish of water or a special bath bought at the pet store should be provided at least once a week for bathing - if not more.

Feeding Your Pet Canary

  • A good quality seed mixture suitable for canaries can be the mainstay of their diet.
  • Pelleted diets suitable for a canary can be offered as well - these are not as palatable as seeds but many owners keep a dish of pellets in the cage along with a dish of seeds.
  • Fresh foods and greens should also be offered. Good choices include apples, raw dandelions, fresh corn on the cob, nearly any raw greens (spinach, chard, broccoli), and bits of hard boiled eggs.
  • Sprouted seeds are an excellent treat for your canary.
  • As seeds are eaten the hulls may be left in the dish, so at a quick glance the seed dish may look full when in fact it is just hulls. Blow the hulls off the seed dish at least daily and replenish the seeds as necessary.